TRY as you might, inevitably your shiny new induction hob will get mess as you cook delicious meals.
Induction hobs are notorious for scratches if you use the wrong products so must be cleaned carefully.
How to clean an induction hob
Cleaning your hob is important heat can transfer more easily from a clean top – it also makes it look shiny and new again.
Microfibre clothes and no-scratch sponges are important for a damage free clean.
You can either use specialist hob cleaning cream or mix white vinegar and baking soda for a gentle but effective detergent.
Cleaning your induction hob doesn’t need to be hard workCredit: Getty
There are some simple steps:
- Switch the hob off before starting and make sure it is completely cooled before cleaning.
- Wipe all the loose food and dirt from the hob – use a microfibre cloth.
- Apply a small amount of hob cream cleaner to the hob then use a damp soft sponge or cloth to wipe the stains from the hob.
- Apply more cleaner to areas which are particularly grubby as needed.
- Use a soft microfibre cloth to wipe away any moisture and buff dry.
If you want to really make the surface shine, spray with glass cleaner and buff with a dry soft cloth.
Don’t get frustrated if there are any stubborn bits of dirt, just keep repeating the process – do not use exfoliants as this can damage the hob.
There are professional over and hob cleaners for really messy jobs.
How does an induction hob work?
Normal hobs such as gas or electric heat the hob directly but an induction hob is different.
These hobs heat the pan rather than an area of the hob using a magnetic connection.
Beneath the hob sits copper wires, these create a magnetic field when electricity is run through the coils.
Special pans with magnetised bases sit on the hob and begin to heat up – these hobs do not work with other pans.
The hob itself will remain cooler, with all the heat passing into the pan, making it a more effective hob.
A little fan switches on automatically to cool the hob once the cooking is done and turns off again once it is cold.
Induction hobs tend to heat up quicker due to the more efficient heating method.
They also tend to be more expensive to fit and you need to buy a whole set of pans to match.
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